Happy Earth Day, everyone! Even though every day is Earth Day, it’s nice to take one day of each year to formally recognize how wonderful and sacred our planet is.
A Quick History of Earth Day
The background of Earth Day maintains the first occasion occurred on April 22, 1970, with 20 million participants around the globe. That amount has since grown to more than 500 Million, with the involvement of several states and several national governments. And maybe what created even more influence than these well-known demonstrations, combined with the “teach ins” and cleaning of a great number of places across the nation by the roughly 20 million individuals participating that first historic occasion, was the bi-partisan political activity which followed.
These pupil leaders earnestly campaigned against the specific legislators, perhaps not only keeping letter-creating campaigns, but also strolling the precincts where the voters were who held the power. To estimate Mr. McClosky, “That simply had an enormous result. The surroundings had proved it could provide votes.”
When Senator Gaylord Nelson was initially elected to office in 1962, he had been profoundly concerned by the reality the surroundings had not been on any political agenda, even though regular citizens were increasingly alert to the upsetting effects that issues including pollution were wearing the atmosphere and human wellbeing.
Till Senator Nelson encouraged individuals from all walks of existence in 1969 to join him the subsequent year into a grassroots protest raising consciousness about environmental problems, this environmental problem remained on the back-burner for seven years, creating the background of Earth Day that significantly more powerful.
The reply was intensely overpowering. Rallies were held across the country, and by time the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) ran a survey in 1971, a total 25% suggested that protecting the ecosystem was an important target to them.
March 21, 1970 was also declared by Bay Area Mayor Joseph Alioto as Global Earth Day, observed on the March equinox, which will drop around March 20. The detailed creator is John McConnell.
Earth Day 1970 started the environmental motion across the region and past, by utilizing the vigor and excitement of university students. In 2003, former Congressman Pete McCloskey, cosponsor of that first Earth Day, sees the demand to do everything over again. He was recruited as an uncommon, like minded Republican to cosponsor the occasion in Congress.
The Earth Day Community is now under its Canopy Task, found 1 Million trees put in 2010, with over 50-Million for 2011, and is the organizing group for the motion. The Billion Actions of Eco-Friendly effort is nonetheless continuing.
Whatever the beginnings of Earth Day might be, the most outstanding fact about that worldwide occasion is that it somehow managed to arrange itself.
This Sunday, April 22 2012 will be Earth Day, a great time to celebrate our planet and reflect on the things we should be doing to keep making it a beautiful and sustainable place to live.
This will be the 43rd Earth Day (the first was held on April 22 1970) and many different events are planned for the weekend. For a brief overview, visit the official Earth Day site at EarthDay.org. What are you planning on doing this Earth Day to reflect on the state of the environment?
One of the really inspiring projects on the site is The Canopy Project which is an effort to radically increase tree coverage on the planet through the planting of one billion trees. The project focuses on geographic areas where reforestation is desperately needed, but anyone can do their part to help simply by planting a tree. Remember, Earth Day is all about awareness and the simple act of planting a tree can help reinforce the message and is a great teaching tool for children.
It’s important to teach kids about the values around sustainability and recycling. Kids learn a lot about the basics in school nowadays, but the best practices are learned and reinforced at home as well. In addition to recycling, conservation is probably the best lesson kids can learn at home.
Here’s a reader submission from one woman who lets her kids learn through video games.
My 9-year old son is a huge fan of Poptropica and last year on Earth Day, they had a special mini-quest all about conservation in the home called, Don’t Be an Energy Hog [editor: video included below–check it out!] I sat with him while he played the game and learned about how much a difference simple conversation at home can make. Afterwards, we took the time to walk through our own house and identify better ways to conserve energy. He even made a list so that we’d remember to do things like turn off the lights, lower the thermostat and more. He even made a shopping list of items for us to get to better manage our energy consumption at home. I’m so proud of him!
A lot of blogs start out with a “Hello, world!” post which is an old convention from early computer programming days when new programmers would learn a language and often the first program they’d write would be a simple one to print out the words, “Hello, World!” on the screen.
Here at It’s Eco Time, we’re all about taking time to say, “Hello, World!” everyday. Take time to breathe in the fresh air. Take time to gaze at the blue water and the lush green grass. Take time to listen to the wind rustle the leaves in the trees. Above all, take time to appreciate the natural environment that surrounds and protects you. Finally, take time to give something back.